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Since Friday is my birthday, this week's Editing for Grammarphobes 2.0 is all about me—my biggest grammar pet peeves. I know I'm not perfect, something my old bones remind me of daily, but there are just some issues that drive me insane. You know. You feel the same way. So here are my Top Five Grammar Pet Peeves.
Unwittingly making plural things possessives
No matter how many times I rant about this, I still see people using an apostrophe "s" when all they want to do is make the word plural. A plain, old "s" is just fine and grammatically correct.
Happy Holidays from the Smith's
From the Smith's WHAT? Using an apostrophe s connotes possession. It does not make a word plural.
|Graphic courtesy of See Furthest|
Not using the Oxford comma
Sorry, AP Stylebook, but I LOVE my Oxford comma and cringe every time I have to leave it out. The Oxford comma (or serial comma) comes before the conjunction in a series. Using it makes the sentence more clear. This graphic from The Gloss shows why.
Adding an "s" to reindeer
The plural of reindeer is reindeer. I don't know why. It just is. Same goes for fish, moose, sheep, bison, buffalo, and plain, old deer. When I hear "All of the other reindeers..." in the Rudolph song, this is how I feel.
|Photo by Maks Karochkin on Flickr.|
I hear it's actually in some dictionaries, but I don't care. Irregardless is still not a legit word because it's a double negative. Regardless is correct.
Socialism and communism
Despite what certain members of the press and various politicians have said for the last eight years, socialism and communism are not the same.
Socialism is “any of various economic and political theories advocating collective governmental ownership and administration of these means of production and distribution of goods” by the community as a whole.
Communism is “the governmental system which advocates the elimination of private property and in which all good are common and available as needed.”
Thank you. The rant is now over. Please continue with your regular activities. Enjoy your day.